JMU baseball defeats George Mason to even series

jmu logoJames Madison took an early lead with six runs in the third and clinched the lopsided win with a five-run ninth to defeat George Mason 11-4 and even the Colonial Athletic Association baseball series at one game apiece on Saturday afternoon at Spuhler Field.

JMU snapped a three-game skid and improved to 12-9 overall, 5-2 in the CAA.  GMU fell to 11-11 overall and 4-4 in the CAA.

Junior third baseman Ty McFarland (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) slid down in the lineup and led JMU by going 2-for-4 with four RBIs and one of three triples in the game for the Dukes.  Sophomore shortstop Tyler Duke(Troutville, Va./James River) and sophomore left fielder Chad Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) also tripled and drove in a pair of runs.

Junior Trent Cundiff (Roanoke, Va./Northside) worked an extended relief outing to earn the win, entering the game in the fifth and tossing 3 1/3 innings while allowing no runs on three hits to improve to 1-1.  Sophomore Chris Huffman (Fort Defiance, Va./Fort Defiance) pitched the last 1 1/3 innings for his third save.

Left fielder Duncan Satherlie had two of George Mason’s seven hits.  Center fielder Tommy Vitaletti smacked a three-run home run. Catcher Ray Toto also hit a solo shot.

Starter John Williams took the loss after allowing all six runs in the third.  He worked 2 2/3 innings allowing five hits and walking four.

With two on in the third, JMU got things started with a Conner Brown (Richmond, Va./Godwin) sacrifice fly.  The Dukes added an RBI single by McFarland, Carroll’s RBI triple, an RBI single by right fielder Cole McInturff(Centreville, Va./Westfield) and Duke’s two-run triple.

George Mason got Vitaletti’s three-run shot in the third and Toto’s solo shot to lead off the fourth to cut the lead to 6-4.

That score held until the ninth when JMU put the game away.  With the bases loaded, Tyler Gregory (Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy) hit an RBI single.  McFarland unloaded the bases with a three-run triple to the corner in right and came in to score on Carroll’s sacrifice bunt.

The teams will finish the series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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